This is a learning module about the mental state exam from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Content contributors include: Celice McDermott, Nana Osem Osei, Tutu Akua Nketiah, Adjapong Kojo, Twum Nimako, Oppong Victor Barnor, Veronica Boatemaa Owusu-Afriyie and Cary Engleberg (University of Michigan). The complete learning module is available through the African Health OER Network at: http://www.oerafrica.org/healthoer/Home/FindOER/ResourceResults/tabid/1864/mctl/Details/id/37489/Default.aspx.
This module provides a structured way of observing and describing a patient's current state of mind, under the domains of appearance, attitude, behavior, mood and affect, speech, thought process, thought content, perception, cognition, insight and judgment. There are some minor variations in the subdivision of the Mental State Examination (MSE) and the sequence and names of MSE domains. The purpose of the MSE is to obtain a comprehensive cross-sectional description of the patient's mental state, which when combined with the biographical and historical information of the psychiatric history, allows the clinician to make an accurate diagnosis and formulation, which are required for coherent treatment planning.
Any medical information in this material is intended to inform and educate and is not a tool for self-diagnosis or a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional. Please speak to your physician if you have questions about your medical condition. Note: No real patients were filmed in the production of the programme. The patients who appear here are actually talented student-actors who have learned to portray common psychiatric disorders.
This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/. (c) 2009 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
This resource is part of the African Health Open Educational Resources Network: http://www.oerafrica.org/healthoer. The original resource is also available from the authoring institution at http://web.knust.edu.gh/oer/.
Celice McDermott, Nana Osem Osei, Tutu Akua Nketiah, Adjapong Kojo, Twum Nimako, Oppong Victor Barnor, Veronica Boatemaa Owusu-Afriyie and Cary Engleberg